Ponsonby Civic Space – June Update

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The Community-Led Design Group (CLDG) is pleased to report that progress on-site for the development of the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road – next door to Dizengoff Cafe – is proceeding well. Stage One, being the ‘enabling works’ is continuing, meanwhile, procurement is underway for stage two, the construction proper. 

BRAVO!

LandLAB, the project design studio provided the attached drone-sourced photo so you can see how much of the deconstruction has already been achieved – this image was taken in mid-May. Upon inspection on site and with the benefit of the drone survey, further reuse of some steel frames has now been included. This supports the sustainability goals of the project and will reduce costs.
With the bulk of the building now removed, yet with some elements being retained and repurposed, soon the view down the length of the site will be open to behold. As will the reverse panorama up O’Neill Street, through the new civic space, and across Ponsonby Road to St John’s Church. (Constructed as a landmark building, St John’s Church opened for worship on 30 April 1882. Additionally, in 1887 The Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart was built on the corner of O’Neill St and Ponsonby Road, the site of the new civic space). How magnificent to soon have Ponsonby Road flanked by both Heritage beauty and Civic space beauty.

At the time of writing, the Building consent has been lodged and the procurement process still has a few weeks to run. Once the contracts have been awarded, the site will become very busy and active as the civic space develops. Exciting!

So start planning what you would like to do or experience at the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road! It will be an urban oasis that will be good for the people, good for the environment, and good for Tamaki Makaurau. It will be a place of diversity and inclusion, where everyone is welcome.

Bring it on!


For more information or to contact the CLDG please use the website contact button, or see our Facebook pages; Ponsonby Park, or 254 Ponsonby Road.

Drone shot of 254 Ponsonby Road – the new civic space
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